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Former lawyer faces jail for DWI

A judge on Monday warned Kevin J. Love, a former lawyer who's been arrested five times for drunken driving, that he could be given up to 11 years in prison for a drunken driving incident that took place while he was awaiting sentencing for an earlier DWI case.

Love, 44, of Hunt Avenue, Hamburg, was ordered to remain jailed without bail pending efforts by his family to get him admitted to an in-patient alcoholism treatment program later this week.

State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia warned Love he also could face fines of more than $15,000 when he is sentenced Nov. 4.

Prosecutor Bethany A. Solek said Love was involved in a drunken driving "fender bender" on South Park Avenue in Hamburg at about 1 p.m. Sept. 11. That accident occurred while he was free on bail after he pleaded guilty June 25 after a DWI arrest on Camp Road in Hamburg on Aug. 2, 2008.

Love, who resigned from the legal profession this summer after a 17-year career, has been in jail since his Sept. 16 arraignment in the latest case. He pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated drunken driving and aggravated unlicensed driving, which Solek said were the highest counts he would have faced if a grand jury had indicted him.

The judge agreed to release him for treatment later this week if his family should obtain a bed at a local clinic. Since 1988, Love has been arrested five times for drunken driving.

In getting Love jailed on Sept. 16, Solek argued that Love was a flight risk and a danger to other motorists and pedestrians because of his continued drinking even while awaiting sentencing for drunken driving.

Solek, a prosecutor in the district attorney's Vehicular Crimes bureau, said Love had a 0.21 percent blood-alcohol level, nearly three times the amount necessary for a DWI charge, during his Sept. 11 arrest. During the August 2008 arrest, he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent, she said.

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